The Rusty Anvil is the Environmental Section of Building Bridges founded by Raei Bridges that focuses on nature connection and cultural transformation. These workshops are centered around how our minds, bodies, and spirits are affected by Nature and how as POC we have been greatly detached from the land in a way that has been traumatic and systematic in this country.
With the Rusty Anvil I explore the intersection between nature connection and cultural transformation in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. I hold mindful day trips, place-based skills workshops, and community gatherings and I look at the ways in which our body, mind, and spirit react to our environment both consciously and subconsciously. The Rusty Anvil holds space to become mindful of the ways that nature connection can be both a gift of discovery of ourselves and a medicine.
I also explore the ways nature connection serves as a tool of resistance to our imposed removal from the natural world. I explore racism and racial oppression and how it has been utilized as a tool to alienate people of color from the healing of nature connection and how that alienation has affected the way these communities relate and learn with the land, engage with the outdoor community, and view their place within the natural world. Through mindfulness based activities we engage with the land in ways that encourage a loving, gentle, and reciprocal relationship with our more-than-humxn kin and encourage relationships that empower us to no longer serve an industrial growth society.